The authorized biography shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year, the National Book Awards and the Costa Biography Award
Artemis Cooper is the author of CAIRO IN THE WAR, 1939-1945 and WRITING AT THE KITCHEN TABLE, the authorized biography of Elizabeth David. With her husband Antony Beevor she wrote PARIS AFTER THE LIBERATION, 1945-1949. She has edited two collections of letters and WORDS OF MERCURY, a collection of pieces by Patrick Leigh Fermor.
Artemis Cooper's funny, wise, learned but totally candid biography reveals Leigh Fermor to be an adventurer through and through . . . page-turning - Barnaby Rogerson, IndependentArtemis Cooper's definitive biography draws on many years' encounters with Fermor, and is probably the most important travel-related book of the year - Conde Nast TravellerPatrick Leigh Fermor survived enough assaults on his existence to make Rasputin seem like a quitter . . . He was elegant as a cat, darkly handsome, unboreable, curious, fearless, fortunate, blessed with a near eidetic memory, and is surely one of the great English prose stylists of his generation . . . At last his biography has been detailed in full, in Artemis Cooper's tender and excellent book - Robert MacFarlane, GuardianThis book is a primer for those poor souls yet to encounter his work, and a valuable, decoding manual for the multitude who believe that Leigh Fermor's trilogy about his youthful walk from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul marks one of the high points of twentieth-century English prose . . . Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover - Allison Pearson, Daily TelegraphXenophilia is as English as Stilton. In one of the wonderful letters quoted in this perceptive, haunting and highly readable biography, Patrick Leigh Fermor called living in England "like living in the heart of a lettuce. I pine for hot stones and thorns and olive trees and prickly pears" - Philip Mansel, The SpectatorHappy the hero who, after a lifetime of glorious achievement, in death finds a biographer worthy of his memory. Artemis Cooper . . . makes this marvellous book less a mere life story than an evocation. [Patrick Leigh Fermor] is justly commemorated in this magnificent biography, and will surely be remembered for ever as one of the very best of men - Jan Morris, Sunday TelegraphMagnificent . . . Cooper's book is the perfect memorial to this remarkable man . . . For those of us who loved him and his work, and for a whole generation of writers who set off in his footsteps, he was the exemplar, showing how magnificently an English life could still be lived. He remains . . . the model to which we still aspire - William Dalrymple, Financial TimesWhether describing a night attack on Crete, a love affair or the political tensions over Cyprus that poisoned Anglo-Greek relations after the Second World War, she writes with a cool hand and clear head. Her book lives up to the majesty of the man - Country Life